Lindsay Brazell

Music Educator and Creative Professional

Are You Bossy, or A Great Leader?

Leadership is the art of getting someone to do something you want done because he wants to do it. It sounds a little bossy and deceitful, doesn’t it? I think we can break this down a little more to make it sound a little more influential.

Let’s look at this in terms of music literacy, because it’s something we all have goals for each year.

“Getting someone to do something” = Teaching your students the skills needed to be successful sight readers.

“Something you want done” = You want them to achieve good grades on sight reading assessments.

“Because he wants to do it.” = Because your students want to succeed, too. This part is the challenging aspect of all of this.

How do you get your students to want to do what you want to do? 

  1. Show them the benefits. In our sight reading scenario, this could be the difference between getting into All State or not. Explain to your students that what you want has value to their education and their lives.
  2. Show them that it is attainable. In regards to sight reading, tell them about other student success stories. Prove to your students that what you want is something they are fully capable of achieving.

By showing students that there is a method to your madness and that they can accomplish what you are asking of them, they will start to want what you want, which is ultimately what is best for the program and its members.

Start this week by dreaming of what you want for your students and for your program. How can you get your students on board to share your dreams?

About Lindsay

I’m Lindsay, a choral music educator by day, a singer-songwriter by evening, and a writer when time allows. You can find my latest album, The Room I Found – Lindsay Morelli on iTunes.

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